Former Clare footballer Michael O'Shea dies, aged 37
Very sad news.
Michael O'Shea, a county footballer who played for Clare for 15 seasons after his debut in 1999, has passed away at the young age of 37.
His club, St. Senan's Kilkee, has paid tribute to O'Shea in a Facebook post, confirming that he passed away on Tuesday after a battle with cancer.
The tribute praises O'Shea as "arguably the greatest footballer ever to wear the blue & white jersey of St. Senan's".
"Whether your memory is his shouts of encouragement to fellow players, his lung busting runs down the field to score some of the best points ever seen, his celebrations when Kilkee or Clare took the lead, or simply that cheeky smile that might greet you across the street, those memories will live with us all for eternity."
The statement goes on to pay respects to O'Shea's loved ones.
"Our heartfelt condolences go out to Michael's beloved wife Orlaith, his adored daughter Éirinn, his parents Joe & Elizabeth, brother John & his wife Edel, sister Oonagh & her husband Oisin, his nieces, uncles, aunts, cousins, extended family and the Fitzgerald family."
The statement can be read in full below.